What the Bleep is Qigong?

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, AZ

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, AZ, where I make it a practice to do my Qigong whenever I visit!

Qigong is a Chinese body and mind exercise with more than 5000 years history.  Qigong consists of two words: Qi and Gong.  “Qi” means life enegy: an invisible and formless substance that powers the functions of life.  “Gong” means skill or practice.  Together Qigong means the skillful practice or cultivation of Qi.

There are five schools of QiGong: Taoist Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Confucius Qigong, Martial Art Qigong and Medical Qigong.  Each school has its own unique purpose, but all are based on the same philosophical system and share many of the same forms and techniques.

Generally speaking, the purpose for Taoist Qigong is attaining immortality, Buddhist Qigong is enlightenment, Confucius Qigong is cultivating virtue, Martial Arts Qigong is self-defense and Medical Qigong is maintaining health.

How is Qigong different from Yoga or Tai Chi?

Qigong is a series of dynamic moves that are practiced daily over time.  It is different from yoga in that you do not hold poses or perform stretches.  Qigong repeats a specific movement with your hands and body typically a multiple of nine times.  It is different from Tai Chi because the movements are not a continuous flow from one to another.  Many of the individual moves that comprise a Tai Chi practice come from Qigong.  Qigong is considered to be the mother all martial arts and Tai Chi.

What does Qigong do?

Scientific research shows that Qigong can reduce stress, prevent disease, treat chronic pain, calm the mind and the emotions, enhance immune function, increase circulation, speed healing and recovery time after illness or surgery, cultivate more energy and stamina, improve coordination, relieve fatigue, slow aging.

Studies have shown that Medical Qigong is known to help people with cancer, hypertension, heart disease, fibromyalgia, digestive, respiratory and nervous system disorders, depression, arthritis, chronic heart problems, kidney problems, MS, headaches, allergies, fatigue.

How has Medical Qigong been used in China?

“I often think of you with immense gratitude for steering me to Qigong.  It has literally transformed my life with far greater peace and physical and emotional balance, stamina and strength.  Practicing daily is the real key.”  Donna M.

In China some Qigong Masters established training and recovery centers to treat illness and disease.  In the 1950’s the first Qigong center was established in Beidaihe, China.  Medical Qigong techniques were used to treat and prevent heart disease.  In the late 1960’s Qigong healing was used to treat cancer.  Special breathing techniques with Taiji walking achieved dramatic results.

In the early 1980’s the Huaxia Qigong Clinic & Training Center in Qinghuandao, China, treated patients with more than 180 diseases with an effectiveness rate of 95%.  Before it was closed for political reasons, it was one of the world’s most successful and largest alternative “medicineless” hospitals.  Today China continues to have Qigong hospitals and uses medical Qigong techniques for healing with impressive results.

How does Qigong Work?

Qigong moves and balances the Qi in your body by moving the Qi outside your body through simple Qigong forms.  Each Qigong form has its own purpose and functions.  With practice, the form creates a rhythm and effect in the body.  After practicing a Qigong form for a period of time, the body will harmonize with rhythms created by the particular Qigong and its effects will be strengthened.

Benefits to the body include: moving and circulating Qi in the body, gathering and storing Qi,  strengthening defensive Qi, regulating and strengthening the internal organs, eliminating turbid and stagnant Qi, promoting and maintaining health, increasing blood circulation, strengthening the spine, improving coordination and balance.

What Forms do I teach at Asian Acupuncture?

I practice and teach Medical Qigong. The forms I practice are: Hun Yuan Gong, Chan Zsi Gong or Silk Reeling, Gui She Gong or Snake and Turtle Qigong.  I may give you one or two specific medical prescriptions to practice on a daily basis to help with your  condition.  There are colors and sounds that can benefit your health as well.  Sometimes I teach Wei Qi or Defensive Qi practices to protect you from negative energy at work.

Does this stuff really do anything?

The most powerful Qigong form is useless if it is not practiced.

Qigong complements Western medicine and enhances your acupuncture treatment.  Qigong improves the quality of life in only 10-20 minutes of practice a day.  Daily practice does not cost money or involve swallowing any pills!

With the passage of time results will accumulate.    Even if you don’t “feel the Qi or think that Qigong is doing anything for you, just keep practicing.  It works anyway!